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Don’t put off the essential care you need because of COVID-19. We continue to safely schedule office appointments, surgeries and procedures so you can get the care you need now. We can even help you find a doctor.

For everyone's safety, masks are required for everyone in our facilities. This includes visitors and patients (except in special circumstances).

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Cancer Diagnosis?

Our nurse navigator, Carrie Waltemath, is here to help you through your cancer journey.

Carrie Waltemath, BSN, RN, OCN
402-481-9586
carrie.waltemath@bryanhealth.org

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Cancer Support Group

Meets the first Thursday of every month

6:30-7:30 p.m.
Bryan Medical Center, Bryan West Campus
2300 S. 16th St.
Conference Center C

For more information, call 402-481-0457.

 

Lung Cancer

Advanced technology to diagnose and treat lung cancer

Take a Free, Online Lung Cancer Screening

Assess and identify your potential risk of developing lung cancer.

Take our online lung cancer screening today

Lung cancer can affect anyone. Over 228,000 people are diagnosed each year in the United States. In Nebraska alone, 1,200 people will be diagnosed each year.

A Proactive, Collaborative Approach for Better Outcomes

Whether you’re concerned about your risk of lung cancer or have been diagnosed, turn to Bryan Lung Cancer Center for your most trusted and compassionate care; from screenings to diagnosis and treatment, our team is here for you.

Bryan Lung Cancer Center - Advanced treatment options and support; A team dedicated to you

As a patient at Bryan Lung Cancer Center, you have a team of lung cancer specialists who review your test results to determine the best treatment approach for you. Our collaborative team includes board certified:

  • Radiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Pulmonologists
  • Oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists

In addition to our team of physician specialists, our team includes specially trained oncology nurses, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants, and oncology nurse navigators to guide you through all aspects of your diagnosis and cancer treatment journey.

Advanced Diagnostic Technology

When something worrisome shows up on a chest x-ray, doctors need to know if the growth (tumor) is cancerous. A biopsy is done to accomplish this.

New technology at Bryan is a game-changer for lung biopsies. With the Veran SPiN Access Catheter System, doctors have a 3-dimensional view of the lungs and can get to hard-to-reach areas and very small tumors. This technology helps guide pulmonologists during minimally invasive biopsies of suspected lung cancer. It is a significant advancement to precisely target a tumor and get cell samples to make a diagnosis, and in Nebraska it is only available at Bryan Medical Center.

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Technology Helps Jim and His Doctor Fight Lung Cancer

Jim Jones, 75, of Humboldt, first met with pulmonologist Ryan Martin, MD, of Lincoln Pulmonary Specialties, after his family nurse practitioner saw something worrisome on Jim’s chest X-ray. Dr. Martin found that Jim had a 1.5-inch-long tumor in his lung. An important question remained — was it cancer or a less dangerous, benign tumor? Dr. Martin planned a biopsy, a procedure that would remove a very small amount of tissue from Jim’s tumor for testing, to find out. Problem was, Jim's tumor lay right alongside his aorta, the very large vessel carrying blood from the heart into the rest of the body.

Read Jim's Story Now

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Causes of Lung Cancer

While smoking is the leading cause of cancer, each year 20,000-30,000 people who have never smoked are diagnosed with cancer. That’s why it’s important to identify and assess your risk for lung cancer early and often.

Smoking

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer.

Quitting the use of tobacco is one of the best things you can do for your body. If you need help, we offer a tobacco cessation class. Learn more today!

Radon

Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause among people who have never smoked.

Secondhand Smoke

Inhaling secondhand smoke, taking in nicotine and toxic chemicals can cause cancer. Your best protection is to avoid secondhand smoke.

Asbestos

People who have come into contact with asbestos can develop a specific type of lung cancer called mesothelioma. If you’re worried about your potential exposure to asbestos, discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Family History

If your parents or sibling have had lung cancer, you’re at a greater risk. An increase in risk comes from sharing behaviors like smoking and living together in a house that contains radon.

Reduce Risk Factors

To reduce your risk for lung cancer, control your risk factors.

Screenings

Lung Cancer CT Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. If found early, there are more treatment options available. National Cancer Institute research found that an annual CT screening can reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent.

You may qualify for a low-dose CT scan if you:

  • Are 55-77 years of age
  • In good health
  • Have smoked one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years
  • Have no prior history of cancer

Screenings for lung cancer are covered by Medicare and other insurance companies. If the screening is not covered by your insurance, it can be provided at Bryan Medical Center for $250 payable at time of service.

If you qualify for this screening, talk to your doctor about ordering this test.

If you have questions, please call Bryan Scheduling Center at 402-481-5121.

Lung Cancer Risk Assessment

This online risk assessment is free. Take your assessment now to identify your potential risk of developing lung cancer.

Diagnosis

If a diagnosis of lung cancer is confirmed, your doctor will discuss treatment with you. Your options depend mainly on the location of the mass or tumor in your lung and the extent, or stage of the cancer.

Your treatment team determines the stage of your cancer by using a combination of several procedures:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Bronchoscopy
    Procedure in which a pulmonologist examines the airway to look for tumors and removes a small amount of tissue to be tested for cancer
  • Image-guided needle biopsy
    A specially trained radiologist will remove lung tissue to test for cancer
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
    A newer type of bronchoscopy that uses sound waves from an ultrasound probe to create images of nearby areas in the lungs and mediastinum and take a sample of tissue
  • Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy
    Using your CT-scan, the Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy creates a roadmap of your lungs. The technology then uses that roadmap to guide your doctor to the area affected by cancer. Then your doctor can they can place tools for biopsy, stage, and place markers for treatment

Treatment and Therapies

Your doctor will give you as much information as possible to help you understand which treatment method or combination of methods are the best option for you. Your doctor and nurses will help you know what to expect. At Bryan, specially trained nurse navigators serve as your guide, advocate, educator, resource and liaison through all aspects of your cancer journey and especially as you make decisions about the best care and treatment for you.

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